OU-COM associate dean receives national recognition
Keith Watson, D.O., named Educator of the Year
By Anita Martin
July 21, 2008
Watson, D.O., associate dean of graduate medical education at
the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine,
received the Educator of the Year Award Friday, July 18, from the
American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF).
The award honors individuals who demonstrate a
significant and long-standing contribution to the academic
of osteopathic medical students
and the profession.
“Few osteopathic physicians have had more influence on both the
process and content of predoctoral and postdoctoral medicine than
Dr. Keith Watson,” said
AOF President Gilbert S. Bucholz, D.O., who presented the
award at the 2008 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of
Delegates meeting in Chicago.
“Dr. Watson is a preeminent expert in the area of
graduate medical education. He has gone to extraordinary lengths to
improve and promote osteopathic postgraduate education by developing
new programs, conducting mock accreditation visits and increasing
the visibility of osteopathic residency programs,” Bucholz said.
During the past 20 years, Watson has served as a
osteopathic medical education, teaching surgery first at the
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he
the Department of Surgery from 1990-1994, then at the Des Moines
University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he served as
professor of surgery, associate dean for clinical affairs and
project director of the college’s Standardized Performance
Since coming to OU-COM in 1999, Watson has continued
to enhance osteopathic education as associate dean for graduate
medical education, associate professor of surgery, and chair of the
Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) board. He also
serves as a clinical education examiner and team captain with the
AOA Committee on Osteopathic College Accreditation Evaluation Teams.
As chair of the CORE, a statewide consortium of
that partner with OU-COM, Watson helped bring the CORE to a level
of national prominence that is the envy of medical educators, both
osteopathic and allopathic, Bucholz said.
“I am very honored,” Watson said. “I see this award
as reflecting all the individuals at OU-COM because we do this
together, and it’s important
for all of us to share this honor.”